Pet Project Mallorca

Every week we aim to re home an animal currently being cared for by an animal refuge on the island. The project is supported by professional photographers from around the island, the PR firm Phoenix Media, and The Majorca Daily Bulletin.

Category: Animals to be rehomed

It’s kitten time!

by petprojectmallorca

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Bottle feeding is a round the clock task.

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It is important to isolate the rescued cats from any of your other pets.

 

It’s that time of year when animal rescue centres become inundated with abandoned kittens. If you want to help by fostering or hand rearing any kittens or if you find some or a mother cat about to give birth then read on for some advice from a very experienced “Cat Lady” Cati Salva.

“If you see kittens inside a box next to a rubbish bin it’s clear that they have been abandoned. It is not so clear if you find them somewhere odd (a plant pot, or in the middle of the street). In this case I advise people to do this:

1) Don’t ever touch them. It could happen that the mum is moving them from one place to another and if they catch your scent some mother cats will reject their babies.

2) Watch from a distance. Stay around somewhere where you can see the kittens but are not scaring the mum in case she comes back for her kittens.

3) If you don’t see any adult cat around in about 30 minutes to an hour (depending on how busy the area is) then yes, you may go ahead and take them because the mum is most likely not coming back for them. Something might have happened or not, but a baby cat can’t stay for long without the warmth of its mother.

“If you take them home you have to keep them separate from your other cats if you happen to have any. This is extremely important. Even if they seem healthy they could have a stomach bug or some other ailments and you need to protect both your own animals and the babies.

“Things vary from caring for a four month old kitten or a new born. The older kittens will have wide open eyes, sharp teeth and be quite mobile creatures. They will most likely be eating by themselves. You can soak some dry cat biscuits in water and see if they will eat. Younger kittens need to be bottle fed. Their eyes will be open at 15 days of age but they won’t be able to move around very easily. If you are unsure as to the age of the kittens then take a visit to a vet to make sure.

“If you are bottle feeding kittens the most important thing is to keep them warm. Until they are a bit older they can’t control their body temperature so they have to have blankets. I usually use one of those electrical pillows on a low setting to keep them warm enough (be sure you’re not burning them of course!). Make sure the electrical cable is tucked away and put a cloth on top of the device to avoid warm plastic on their skin.

“Another very important thing is: no, cats can’t drink cows’ milk! Not even lactose free cows’ milk. They have to have special cat milk which can be bought at the vets and most pet shops. There are a lot of brands and it doesn’t matter which one you chose as long as you don’t change it once you have started. Baby stomachs are quite delicate and sudden feeding changes may cause diarrhoea and subsequent dehydration.

“To feed them, prepare the formula as indicated and use a baby cat bottle. Some cats don’t latch on to bottles at first, so you have to be persistent and patient. Sometimes they can’t get the milk out, so you may squeeze the tip a bit (or make the hole slightly bigger) so they get to taste one or two drops and get motivated to suck themselves. Some other cats don’t like bottles and people feed them with small (needle free) syringes, but this is dangerous as you could accidentally place milk into their lungs. They should never be placed belly up like human babies It is ideal if they can eat on their paws in a hard surface (you can put a blanket in between). Just think about how the kittens would feed from their mums: that’s the ideal position. After their meal the babies need to be stimulated to urinate and defecate.  If they were with mum then she would usually lick their bottoms. You don’t have to do that! Instead you could use a piece of wet, mildly warm gauze and wipe the area.

“You should expect them to be hungry every 2 to 3 hours at first. Yes, it’s just like having a human baby and can be super tiring work. You can try to make the “night feeds” a bit more substantial by making a slightly thicker formula, but don’t overdo it. The kittens may need bottle feeding up until around six weeks of age. Sometimes they eat at four weeks, but some others don’t. Some vets advise to give the kittens chamomile between feeds and others tell you to prepare the formula with chamomile instead of water. That is completely up to you.

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Nicky Morgan with one of her rescued cats

“If you can’t be in charge of the feedings because you work, ask your local shelter if they know of anyone that could. They can’t take them into shelters because most of them are not open 24 hours a day, but sometimes they know volunteers that can take them home. You can ask at your local vet too, or even on Facebook groups like “Cat and kitten…” and “Furry friends…” Or get in touch with Nicky Morgan, pictured at The Kitten House on Facebook. Or get in touch with Pet Project either via the Majorca Daily Bulletin or online at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com Every week Pet Project tries to help or rehome a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.  

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Golly and the Hedgehogs

by petprojectmallorca

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This week we have some very unusual animals to find homes for: Golly, the Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig, and three African Pygmy Hedgehogs. The animals are free but they absolutely must go to a good home.

Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pigs are much smaller than the average European farm pig, and most reach the size of an adult medium sized dog. You have to be extremely careful not to overfeed them with bad carbohydrates and sugary treats but instead feed them vegetables and fruits.

untitled-5066Golly is a three year old female pig, she has never had a litter, and she is looking for a reliable and permanent home where she may also have a mate. Golly needs enough room for a pen and a ready supply of water in the summer in which
to bathe.

When the PP volunteers went along to meet her they were very touched by her friendliness.

The hedgehogs also need good homes. There are two females and one male, including an albino. Having a hedgehog is similar to owning a guinea pig, they need the same sort of space and handling. Hedgehogs are nocturnal, and during the day they like to burrow underneath a cover in order to sleep. They are not expensive animals to feed. The lifespan for a hedgehog can be up to ten years in captivity. Their spikes are not sharp, but they are definitely not furry either!

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All of these animals have been raised since they were very small by Liz, a dedicated animal lover who lives in the Calvia area. Liz currently has over a dozen different breeds of animals including goats, sheep, kittens, and several types of birds, many of whom need homes as well.

 

Liz suggests that anyone interested to adopt either Golly or the hedgehogs should come to see them first and then do some research on their breed, make a decision about whether they think they can give them a good permanent home, and then prepare the area where they will keep them. Liz is very happy to offer her own insights and knowledge if anyone is looking for advice. You can contact her by calling 971 235 664.

 

 

Shadow, the dog that was shot.

by petprojectmallorca

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Shadow is a young male German Shepherd/Husky mix (although the volunteers at Dogs 4 You who are caring for him think there may be a bit of teddy bear thrown in there as well). They estimate that he is around 2 years old. Shadow was found as a stray and ended up in a dog pound where the Dogs 4 You supporters found him earlier this month. He has been he was aptly named Shadow as he´s always on the heels of Cornelia, shadowing her every move.

He´s a handsome, strong, thick-coated bear of a dog, with an especially appealing and friendly face, and his character is equally as warm. Taking him out for the first time into the big city last Sunday to watch the Palma Half Marathon, Shadow excelled himself, being quiet and calm, yet interested and friendly towards anyone who wanted to pat him – child or adult. He was a star! Well done to Emm Millar for completing the run and raising funds for Dogs 4 You.  

The Dogs 4 You carers have discovered that his background, although unknown, does hold a horror story. Sometime in his short life he has been shot. When Shadow was taken to the vet for neutering this week, their vet discovered pellets from a shot gun
13 lodged in his rear end; they´ll never know how painful and frightening this must have been for him but Shadow hasn´t let it affect his feelings toward people: he´s still a friendly, calm dog.

Shadow is looking for a home to call his own, with people who will understand that he needs pats and kind words, deserves home comforts, and needs patience, exercise and training to turn him into the pet they want him to be. If you can offer this lovely dog a home then please get in touch with Cornelia at cascavalls@yahoo.de or call 971 503832.

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Photo credit: Sheridan Connisbee

Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-home a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.

Bart and Pocket

by petprojectmallorca

Bart with his foster family

Bart with his foster family

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Emm and Pocket

This week’s Pet Project features Bart. He is a two year old Spanish Mastine who was quite literally abandoned at the door of one of our Pet Project volunteers ten days ago. Thankfully for Bart a foster home was swiftly found for him and local residents Leon and Emma and their children took him in to stay temporarily with them. Emma, pictured with Bart, thinks that he was well looked after at one point, but he is very wary of new people and it took a few hours for him to settle into the house and allow her to get close to him, although as you can see from the photos he has overcome his shyness around her now! Emma reports that Bart is a great dog to take for a walk, he stays very close to the heel and does not pull on the lead “unless he is adamant he has to have a pee on a bush, then he insists!” Bart has been very well behaved around Emma’s children and has not shown any signs of aggression. “We really want to give this guy a chance to find a good home, but we can’t foster him for much longer as we are about to start building works on our house and it just won’t be safe for him to be here anymore”,  so they are urgently seeking a new, preferably permanent home for him.  Spanish Mastines are well known to be good guard dogs, originally they were bred to defend livestock against predators. Bart is very typical of his breed in that he is aloof, dignified, calm and intelligent. He will be devoted to his family and may politely accept strangers if he has been socialized properly. The Spanish Mastiff may be a less-than-ideal pet in urban situations, where its booming voice and size could be problematic. It is a wonderful protector of its home and family. Emma also reports that he has been fine with her own dog and cat. If you can help with a new home for Bart please contact Emma directly on 609 485 168.

Meanwhile, another animal lover, Emm Millar, is about to do a sponsored run to raise money for Dogs For U this weekend. Emm works in the super yacht industry and gets her “dog fix” by helping out with fostering animals from DFU, currently she is caring for the delightful Pocket (pictured with Emm). Emm has been training with Jose Bertran for the past two months and will run a half marathon on Sunday March 17th with the express intention of raising as much cash as possible for animal welfare. The funds raised will enable DFU to continue to save lives and rehome abused and abandoned animals. You can get more information by contacting emm_millar@hotmail.com Good luck Emm!

Every week Pet Project tries to help or rehome a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.

Beautiful Blue-eyed Asmaar

by petprojectmallorca

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With the support of the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the refuges and the general public and with our increasing success of homing animals Pet Project is beginning to gain momentum. This week we welcome a guest writer, Llúcia Benito and photographer Cati Salva to tell Asmaar’s story.

Asmaar is a loving, kind and grateful cat, white like snow, with beautiful blue eyes. He is deaf, but this is not a problem for him, he’s just like any other cat.

Asmaar was found by Jessica Cusinier in Manacor inside a shoebox about to die, when he was less than a month old. At that time, Jessica was working at a veterinary clinic in Montuïri and she took him to the vet to try to save him. They fed him with a syringe, kept him in an incubator and held him for hours every day to keep him warm, and gave this little guy lots of affection and love. Every day was a new challenge for Asmaar.

The vets and Jessica, knowing how he was found, so small and without a mother, did not have much hope of him surviving. To everyone’s surprise, he managed to get to two months of age, and Jessica could finally take him home and adopt him. She had a dog, so Asmaar grew up with dogs.

A few years later Jessica moved to Palma and took Asmaar and Minkie (Asmaar’s best buddy) along. Because of job issues, Jessica had to move to Catalonia and left the cats in the apartment they rented to students. We can say that thanks to this fact, Asmaar has met many people: he is sociable and likes to be around people. It was in this apartment that I, Llúcia met Asmaar six years ago, because I am friends with Jessica. But it wasn’t until late 2012, by a twist of fate, that I ended up living in this apartment. So I have personal experience of living with Asmaar, he is a lovely cat.

But now the lease contract is about to end and this student accommodation will be closed down and so Asmaar needs a new home. He is currently being fostered but he really needs a permanent home. The woman who takes care of Asmaar cannot keep him for much longer. She starts working soon and has to travel a lot, and Asmaar needs a special person to adopt him.

Asmaar needs a person who can feed him small amounts of food three or four times throughout the day rather than bigger less frequent meals. So logistically his new home must be able to do this. Asmaar is quite territorial and therefore needs a home with easy going cats or no other cats at all. If you are looking for a new loving, calm and quiet companion, Asmaar is waiting for a second chance. You can contact me, Llúcia Benito either by email at lluciacbn@hotmail.com or by phone at 626083558.

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Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-home a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.

Lovely Lotte

by VM

PetProject4What do you think of the new Pet Project logo? It was made for us by Graphic Artist Rene Shades who has his own business Color & Shades Design. Thank you Rene for your art work! You can contact him at Reneshades@gmail.com.

The high winds last week put one of our animal rescue centres, Dogs For U, into quite a tricky position. The extreme weather destroyed some of the shelters and made the occupants homeless. Temporary homes were found for the animals but it has gone to highlight that the search for permanent homes has to go on.  lotte 1Lotte, pictured, is described as a “Gold medallist at Fetch!” Lotte is a very lovable a mid-sized mix, and is urgently seeking a family to love. She is best described as fun on legs, with a fixation! She loves nothing better than to fetch a ball which is actually harder than it sounds for this lovely lady. One of her eyes gazes permanently in the wrong direction but funny looks and humour aside, she has adjusted to the condition and compensates admirably. She is way up there in the Hall of Fame when it comes to running after balls and catching them. And what´s more, tempt her with a ball, she´s putty in your hands, and will do anything for you. She´s a very kind and happy dog, good with people and other dogs. The team at DFU  think she´ll fit in anywhere where there´s a ball, a bowl, and a bit of human kindness. You can contact Sheridan by email (sheridan@loxinfo.co.th) or by phone on 637 242 228.

PeaceLove_PosterA3_2013_ENTickets for the “Peace and Love Party” are going fast. The event which is being held on February 23rd at Mood Beach Bar in Costa D´en Blanes is to raise funds for a variety of homeless animals in Majorca. Luisa Powell, who has been featured recently in the Pet Project pages, is hard at work organising raffle prizes and menus. “I am really looking forward to a fun night, it´s an opportunity for animal lovers to get together and we will be raising money for a good cause as well”. You can buy tickets for the dinner from Luisa for 20€ per person or come along to the free after party in the bar at Mood from 23.00 contact her on 696 429 499. You can also buy your tickets from the new Greengrocers in Portals Nous, Peras & Pears and from Mood Beach itself.

Every week Pet Project tries to help or rehome a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business, Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.

 

Luisa and Bobby

by VM

Luisa and Bobby 2-5520This week we are returning to The Magnificent Seven who we featured before Christmas. They are seven different dogs varying in breeds, sizes and ages were rescued by Luisa Powell (pictured with one of the dogs she rescued, Bobby) and her friend Toni. These seven very lucky pooches were saved from being destroyed by their kind hearted actions. Luisa saw that one of her friends who regularly helps to rehome animals was struggling under the weight of too many things to do and not enough time, or people to do them. So she stepped in to help out. “Nerea was trying to raise money to rescue two dogs, but she had five dogs on her list that were going to be put to sleep if they weren´t taken out of Natura Parc (an government funded animal pound which has recently been in the papers regarding its care practices). It was really urgent as she knew that one of the dogs, the old lady Nina, was going to be put down the next day”.

“I asked her what was needed. She said she needed funds to get them out of Natura Parc and then somewhere to put them. She had asked around but it was getting really urgent, so I decided to get involved. We both made phone calls to rescue centres but there was nowhere they could go if rescued. She then got in touch with a friend of hers and finally someone was able to help, her friend has a home with several dogs of her own and a few dogs she rescued and was seeking forever homes for, so she said that if we could get together the funds to pay for their food and anything they needed that the dogs could stay at her house. So we put out an appeal to our friends and donations started to come through from Elaine, Annalisa, Bianca, Gina, Angela, Ashleigh, Glenys, and Sheridan just to name but a few of the nice, caring, animal lovers that helped. Then Pirates Village Pets Project provided us with further funds in order to keep the dogs safe and fed for the month of December. So we rescued all of these animals!”

Now we are into January and the dogs have all been chipped, wormed and castrated and are in urgent need to be homed or fostered until they are found permanent homes. Luisa is planning to hold a fundraising party with a Sixties “Peace and Love” theme on February 23rd to help to pay for some of the medical bills for the animals (one of the dogs has been diagnosed with Leishamanosis and needs an eye operation, the others are fit and well) Luisa is hoping that a lot of people will come to support the event and she is also looking for donations for a raffle. You can see more information about the dogs that Luisa rescued by visiting http://www.petprojectmallorca.com. All of the animals need a home or if you can´t help to home them please consider making a donation of food. You can contact Luisa on 696 429 499.

The Magnificent Seven

by VM

This week we are featuring seven very lucky pooches who were saved from being destroyed by the kind hearted actions of local Majorca residents. Luisa Powell saw that one of her friends who regularly helps to rehome animals was struggling under the weight of too many things to do and not enough time, or people to do them. So she stepped in to help out. “Nerea was trying to raise money to rescue two dogs, but she had five dogs on her list that were going to be put to sleep if they weren´t taken out of Natura Parc (an government funded animal pound which has recently been in the papers regarding its care practices). It was really urgent as she knew that one of the dogs, the old lady Nina, was going to be put down the next day”.

“I asked her what was needed. She said she needed funds to get them out of Natura Parc and then somewhere to put them. She had asked around but it was getting really urgent, so I decided to get involved. We both made phone calls to rescue centres but there was nowhere they could go if rescued. She then got in touch with a friend of hers and finally someone was able to help, her friend has a home with several dogs of her own and a few dogs she rescued and was seeking forever homes for, so she said that if we could get together the funds to pay for their food and anything they needed that the dogs could stay at her house. So we put out an appeal to our friends and donations started to come through from Elaine, Annalisa, Bianca, Gina, Angela, Ashleigh, Glenys, and Sheridan just to name but a few of the nice, caring, animal lovers that helped. Then Pirates Village Pets Project provided us with further funds in order to keep the dogs safe and fed for the month of December. So we rescued all of these animals! Now we are in the process of chipping, worming and castrating them and making sure that they are all fit and well. All of the dogs get on well with other dogs, but they are not sure about cats”.

 

Nenu

Nenu is a male dog, medium to large in size. He is very scared and wary at first but slowly warms to you. And has a lovely gentle look on his face when you stroke him.

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Minie is female. She is a young dog, was very scared at first but is getting used to everyone slowly and realising they are not going to harm her.

Coco and Sam

Sam (in the background of this photo) is a mix of Mastin and retriever. He is medium sized but borderline, so he could be classed as a large dog by some. He is playful and he loves to be stroked however they think he has been abused by his previous owner as he sometimes cowers down with a worried look on his face if there is a sudden brisk movement near him.  Luisa thinks this is very sad because he wants to trust everyone but sometimes he just gets a little afraid.

Coco (in the foreground of this photo) is a female Labrador mix. She is about a year old.
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Bobby was supposed to be rehomed this week but his home has fallen through at the last minute. He is a Ca de Bestiar and Luisa describes him as “just a darling”. He was the thinnest of them all and had a number of scars and sores when they rescued him. The vet estimates his age to be around four to five years old.

NoirNoir is a large dog. He is a Ca de Bestiar, also known as a Mallorcan Shepherd dog. He was very frightened and cried a lot when he was in his cage. But now he is now warming to people.

NinaNina is the old lady. She was very thin, frightened and trembling when she was rescued and she has a little front tooth missing. She is approximately 8 years old. They dont know why she ended up in Natura Parcbut her rescuers think she is a “sweetie” and loves human contact, she loves laps and being held. She is quiet, gentle and due to her age she would probably fit better into a family/home with no small children running around.

All of these animals need a home or if you can´t help to home them please consider making a donation of food. You can contact Luisa on 696 429 499.